Tuesday, February 28, 2012

embroidery hoop art

Cool idea! Finding things to accessorize walls can be challenging and expensive. This custom, original artwork can be easily accomplished using an embroidery hoop and cool found objects or photographs. I could just see a collection of these on a wall and your interpretation and execution of this could be endless. I think these could go just about anywhere in your home.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rocky Mountain High...





Too HIGH actually. 10000 ft (Breckenridge, CO)+ Gina = 1000 ft (back to Ohio early). The only way I can describe our vacation was "breathtaking"- literally and figuratively! It was so beautiful and the mountain views, the cute towns and the amazing colors were breathtaking. BUT the lack of oxygen at the high altitude also took my breath away! I don't think I have ever experienced sickness anything like it. I could rally during the day for skiing that was incredible but had to take oxygen breaks in between - crazy! Although our trip was cut short, I loved seeing CO. Traveling in the US and experiencing different landscapes and unique flavors each state has to offer is just so awesome. The town of Breck is the coolest ever. It looks like something right out of a Western film. On the drive from Denver in the mountain sides, you see the historic gold mines (again movie like) with the old wood buildings with painted on signs, neat carts on the track, and shafts. The town of Breckenridge was so charming and looked like someone had hand placed the buildings and homes down in a railroad scene that would go around your Christmas tree. The local flavors of food were the best and little walk up crepe "shack" on Main St was one of my favorites. All in all it was a wonderful get away and I WILL go back out West. I WILL NOT however stay at 10000 ft.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Signs of a Visual Merchandiser?




Seriously, I think I have been doing visual design my whole life. It all started with my mother putting pictures of my siblings artwork in my crib to visually stimulate her baby! I would say it worked and also say if my fine motor skills had been developed enough, I would have rearranged them to my liking!

Then came my bedroom shared with my sister that I agonized over the "old" comforters handed down by my grandmother that were not going anywhere and the mismatched furniture and accessories that were all wrong. When my sister went to collage and I got to design my OWN room, I took the job very seriously. The design scheme included Impressionist "inspired" wallpaper and bedspread, painting my own bedroom furniture and changing the knobs, and hanging posters of Van Gogh and Claude Monet (alongside Michael Jackson - ugh!), the perfect accessories and I was good to go!

In between the crib and the bedroom were the countless wins (even a state fair) of the Social Studies fairs that I loved (big nerd) and the set designs of plays - I painted the cardboard backdrops of that last picture (BTW check out my mullet) and with the desire (not the father who would allow) to major in Art History in College I think it is safe to define a "theme" for a future career.

Even when I went to the career councilor in College for a direction of study, she recommended Anthropology - which at the time she was close if it were ANTHROPOLOGIE the store. After a major in City Planning, I landed at the corporate headquarters for 2 major retailers and my last place of employment, Bath and Body Works on the visual merchandising (first pic of us in New York City, SOHO) truly was the beginning for me and my business.

We would travel to places for inspiration in design and displays so when we moved to Hudson, I wanted to create and BE one of those places to BE INSPIRED. I really learned a ton from the industry and my bosses and looking back feel it was all the right path for a girl that showed the "natural" inclination. Thanks Mom for putting those pictures in my crib!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Homegirl!



This would be Happy Birthday to Me! OH these photos. Every single photo of me for the first 2 years of my life, I have bright red cheeks because my dad used to kiss them so much! NO LIE! My mother and father were the best parents and made me feel special and so loved. They made me think I could accomplish anything. My mom used to tell me "Follow your bliss!" I think I have! The other day Brian told me about the power of hugs as a child (and as an adult) and what an amazing influence touch and embrace has on your brain and how it helps make for a positive and healthy person. I have gotten so many hugs throughout my life and as a child that I think it works! What a lucky girl I am and I could not be more thankful that I have been given such a blessed and full life. I look forward for more to come! Thank you to everyone that shares it with me!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

HomeGirl Barn Sale - May 31

Mark your calendars, tell your friends and family, HomeGirl Barn Sale at MapleWood Farm, May 31 (eve) - June 2, 2012.
Spring Sale Hours:
May 31, Thursday Evening 6-9pm
June 1, Friday 10am-2pm
June 2, Saturday 10am-2pm
This sale is going to be off the hook! I am so excited I can hardly stand it!
There is going to be a TON of new merchandise ALL three days of the sale. We have stockpiled, created and are STILL working on collecting so we can re-load on Friday and Saturday with NEW stuff.
I will be sending out email updates too, so if you want to be on that list or know of someone who would like to, please email me!
WHOO! HOO!